Colleges and universities often want to help children of military veterans obtain a degree by offering need- or merit-based scholarships. Learn about some scholarship opportunities available to dependents of veterans, and get detailed information below on the schools that provide them.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||2017-2018 Tuition (in-state)*||Scholarship Opportunities|
|Columbia University||4-year, Private not-for-profit||New York, NY||$57,208||Multiple externally-funded scholarships up to full tuition coverage|
|University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign||4-year, Public||Champaign, IL||$15,074||Four-year in-state tuition waiver|
|Texas A&M University||4-year, Public||College Station, TX||$11,234||Multiple institution- and externally-funded scholarships|
|Nova Southeastern University||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Fort Lauderdale, FL||$29,930||Scholarship for children of diseased or disabled veterans|
|University of Connecticut||4-year, Public||Storrs, CT||$14,880||Multiple externally-funded scholarships up to full tuition coverage|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
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Overview of College Scholarships for Children of Military Veterans
Scholarship options for children of military veterans include those offered through the university itself, through national programs, and through private funds. Opportunities vary depending on whether the child is a dependent of a deceased, disabled, active duty or retired service member, but the universities listed below all offer at least one type of scholarship for military children.
Columbia University is an Ivy League school located in the heart of New York City. It is a renowned research institution, and attracts diverse and high-achieving students from around the world. Children of military veterans at Columbia could consider applying for tuition assistance through the federal Dependents' Educational Assistance Benefits program or the Fry Scholarship. Both of these cover multiple years of tuition for any degree program, but to be eligible, a student must be the child of a deceased, missing in action, or disabled military service member. Columbia also maintains a long list of non-university affiliated scholarship resources for prospective military family members to peruse.
University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers more than 150 undergraduate major programs. Its facilities include an acclaimed center for performing arts as well as a library and recreational center that are both among the largest of their kind on a university campus. The school also offers a generous tuition waiver to children and step-children of veteran service members. You must be a permanent resident of the state of Illinois to be eligible, and there are specific service criteria that must be met by the veteran parent. The scholarship covers full in-state tuition for four consecutive years of an undergraduate, graduate or professional degree program.
Texas A&M University
Texas A&M has a long military history, stemming from its early days as a military academy. It has offered veteran services since 1919, and today provides educational benefits to more than 3,800 veterans and their families. Scholarships for the children of active duty or veteran service members are available through the university itself as well as through outside entities. Those offered by the school include several reserved for children of deceased or disabled veterans, and others for residents of nearby counties or the state of Texas. Other children of veterans should be able to find a scholarship for which they are eligible to apply in the long list of outside scholarships.
Nova Southeastern University
Nova Southeastern University sits in southern Florida, just minutes from the beaches of Fort Lauderdale in one direction and the Everglades in the other. It is primarily a graduate university, with approximately 4,000 undergraduate students and more than 17,000 graduate students, though students at all levels enjoy small class sizes and access to state of the art learning and research facilities. Children of Florida veterans may be eligible to apply for the Scholarships for Children and Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans program. To apply, the student's parent must be missing in action, a prisoner of war, or be deceased or fully disabled as a result of military service.
University of Connecticut
UConn was listed by the Military Times as one of the colleges 'Best for Vets' in 2018. The UConn Veteran Community provides resources and comradery for the nearly 1,500 military service members or family members enrolled at the university. These resources include access to scholarships for children of veterans. One award promoted through the school's veteran affairs site is the Army Women's Foundation Legacy Scholarship, which accepts applications from children of a female service member. Another is AMVETS, which awards scholarships to children of active duty or veteran members on the basis of academic merit and financial need. UConn students can also apply for the national Tillman Military Scholar program for assistance with tuition or living expenses.